Nov. 30, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's and women's swimming and diving teams enter December after a very successful start to their seasons. In their most recent competition before Thanksgiving, the UConn men finished second of seven teams at the Terrapin Cup while the women were third of eight.
The UConn men are back in action on Saturday when they play host to Harvard in Storrs at 2:00 p.m. while the women are off until after the winter break and the team's annual training trip.
The Terrapin Cup has served as a mid-season check for the teams for the past several years. This year was the best overall meet the team has ever had at this championship as the teams combined to finish second.
The UConn men are currently ranked eighth in the country in the Avidasports Rankings. These rankings take into consideration team improvement and times of swimmers compared to those in the same division or event. Leading the way for the men was sophomore Karim Zayed (Montreal, Que.), who has officially announced his presence at UConn. His times in several events are nationally ranked including at 1:36.78 for the 200-yard freestyle. This winning time is a new all-time UConn record breaking Marshal Livingstone's mark and was a new pool record at Maryland. Zayed's mark is currently ranked fifth nationally.
He also won the 100-yard freestyle in 44.56, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:29.16, was fouth in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.62 and was part of five relays - winning four of them. Zayed helped set school records in the 800-yard free relay at 6:37.17, which is ranked seventh nationally, and the 400-yard free record in 2:59.52, which is ranked 15th nationally with his personal best anchor of 43.8 seconds.
Also having a great Terrapin Cup was sophomore Kyungsoo Yoon (Toronto, Ont.), sophomore Jeremy Ramshaw (Mississauga, Ont.) and freshman Keith Piper (Naperville, Ill.) -- who were part of those relays as well.
Yoon also finished second in the 50-yard butterfly at 20.73 seconds, was second in the 100-yard butterfly at 49.67 seconds and third in the 100-yard freestyle at a personal best 44.96.
Ramshaw won the 400-yard individual medley in a school record 3:57.39 to be ranked 30th in the country, second in the 200-yard IM at 1:50.10, third in the 100 back at 50.02 and second in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:48.48.
Senior Tomasz Sobek (Siemianowice Slaskie, Poland) added to the record-changing meet as he broke his own record winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:00.94. Sophomore Joe Glowacki (Erie, Pa.), junior Jens Traff (Lyngby, Denmark), senior Alex Davidson (Pointe-Claire, Quebec), freshman Asher Garcia (Pinecrest, Fla.) and Piper had impressive meets also.
The women's team also had an impressive Terrapin Cup led by several swimmers breaking personal barriers as the team finished third. Sophomore Jordan Bowen (Lake Elmo, Minn.) broke the 16:50 barrier with a 16:48.98 in the mile event. She also had scoring swims in the 200-yard, 500-yard and 100-yard freestyle and part of four relays.
The backstrokers had a great Terrapin Cup also with freshman Katlin Kyle (Lithia, Fla.) posting two career bests of 55.71 in the 100-yard backstroke and 2:00 59 in the 200-yard. Sophomore Kim Fleming (Mississauga, Ont.) finished with a 56.7 in the 100-yard backstroke and broke the 2:00 barrier with a career best 1:59.74 in the 200-yard backstroke.
Junior Caitlin Gallagher (Lawrence, Kansas) continued her impressive season winning the 200-yard individual medley at 2:02.67 and placing high in the 400-yard IM, 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke.
Sophomore Danielle Cecco (Hicksville, N.Y.) won both the one and three meter diving events with 254.35 and 286.30 scores. Also impressive were senior Kate Baust (Reistertown, Md.) at 2:19.98 in the breaststroke, junior Chelsea Peitz (Fenton, Mich.) in the butterfly with a 2:04.00 and freshman Catherine Chang (Savage, Minn.), who posted a best 2:06.41 in the 200-yard IM.
The teams posted five all-time UConn records, one pool record, two times ranked in the top seven in the country and 11 swims ranked in the top 50.